After a dry summer, the rains fell just in time to fill the mudholes for this year’s running of the Brush Run 101, World’s Championship Off-Road race.
Drivers faced a real challenge as they would over the muddy course, and as usual about 2/3 of the starters were left along the route in various stages of mechanical breakdowns. Total entries for the two days of racing were 346, and winners shared a $10,000 purse plus about $1,000 in contingencies.
Of those who did finish, best overall time for the four-lap course was recorded by Jeff Smith of Duluth, MN., who powered a CAN-AM cycle to victory in Class II, 250cc bikes, in 2:50:05. Smith has an impressive record of victories dating back to his youth in England. He collected $412.50 for his win, in a class that had 55 entries.
Best time for the four-wheeled brush-runners was Bob Warren’s 3:01:39. He won $199.50 as first place money in Class 10, single seat over 40 hp. Warren, who hails from Morton Grove, Ill., is a repeat winner whose name is well-known to Brush Run fans.
Another repeat winner was Crandon’s own Bobby Carter, who took American Stock Class 5, by finishing in 2:15:43. American Stock entries were required to take only two laps. Bobby and his co-driver Bob Shepherd of Green Bay collected $285 for their American Stock win. Carter and Shepherd were also first in Class 8, front engine dune buggies, a four-lap event. They covered the course in 5:26:45 to win top money of $126 in that class which had 12 entries. Bobby Carter will also be awarded the high point trophy, sponsored by Crandon National Bank.
Crowds estimated at between 12,000 and 15,000 watched the two days of racing from various vantage points along the course. A favorite spot was the mudhole at Carter’s Field where wall-to-wall people jammed the hillside to see drivers take the muddy plunge through that particular hazard.
Mel Freimuth, Crandon, who was the oldest driver entered in the race, took third place in single seat, 40hp and under.